Report: Samsung to use a mix of fingerprint, iris, and facial scans for mobile payments with the Galaxy S8

Report: Samsung to use a mix of fingerprint, iris, and facial scans for mobile payments with the Galaxy S8
Mobile payments have now been around for more than a couple of years and are slowly dripping their way down to the mainstream, as vendors pick them up and consumers get acquainted with them. Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, a rumored LG Pay, and who knows what else — mobile payments are obviously going to become the norm in the future.

Back to present day, however, the technology is still not fully trusted by users. Yes, it does require a fingerprint scan in order to authorize a payment, but numerous hackers have been successful in spoofing and fooling a phone's scanner.

So, a week ago, we got the first rumor that Samsung might be including facial recognition tech with the Galaxy S8, aside from the iris scanner, which we still consider pretty new since the Note 7 that featured it first didn't really see a lot of use. And that all dovetails last month's news that Apple bought out a company that specializes in face-scanning tech. Could the two tech giants be preparing a foray into seriously competitive facial-recognition features?

Well, according to a Bloomberg report, Samsung is preparing a very special treat for Samsung Pay users with the release of the Galaxy S8. The phone will have a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, and a brand-new face recognition tech. According to sources, Samsung intends to use a blend of all three scanners to authorize payments through Samsung Pay, and is said to be working with banks to “help them embrace facial recognition systems”.

While we do appreciate more security, one has to wonder — when do we get to the point when the features packed inside the small body of a handset become one too many? Assuming this is all true, we are curious to see how the user interface deals with all the sensors on board and whether it walks the consumer through all their uses comprehensively. What's your take?

source: Bloomberg

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9 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I just had a vision of someone holding their phone and face close to the mst scanner trying to authorize a payment! Lol

2. Cat97

Posts: 1857; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Translate: Samsung to make a mess from their biometric sensors just because they didn't manage to keep the fingerprint sensor on the front.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can already use Samsung Pay with the Iris Scanner on the Note 7, becfore they blocked the Note 7 from their Samsung Pay server. Like the other poster said, its choice. You have a choice not to buy this device. Its not a mess. You can "choose" what works best. Unlike other expensive phones that give you no option at all. The fact the FPS was moved doesn't matter. Lots of phones have them on the back. Back middle or back top why does it matter? Either the way its still on the back. Here is the problem with people like you. You get use to something begin a certain way, then you complain when it changes. If tech relied on how the way most of you all think, it would NEVER move forward and then you whiners will complain about that too. The FPS is not the only way to unlock a phone. I dont even use the FPS because I have m,y device set with Trusted Placed and Trusted devices. As long as my phone is within range of my house, work or Gear S3, I can unlock wioth a swipe on the screen. That's it! So what exactly are you whining about? DO you even own or have own a Galaxy? Because all the idiots I see bitchin about the FPS, dont even own the phone or never have. Trusted Device & Trust Location on Samsung devices. Look it up and see the benefits of it.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4088; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's called options. People want em. Yours is to look the other way if you choose.

4. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Lol I will be like. Ctrl+Alt+Del

5. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

"What's your take"? Why, more trolling of course!

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Keeping the fingerprint scanner along with one other 2 factor authentication if fine. Samsung needs to make a decision on facial vs iris scanner. It makes no sense to have both. Basically what they are saying is they don't trust either.

8. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Awesome!

9. gbengolab

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

choose the one you like

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